Orioles starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy each made his deepest outing of the spring Friday at Twin Lakes Park.
Orioles starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, with some aid of the relaxed rules of minor league spring training games, each made his deepest outing of the spring Friday at Twin Lakes Park against the affiliates of the Tampa Bay Rays.
"Went well with Bundy and Gausman today, and [Welington] Castillo got five at-bats and caught both of them," manager Buck Showalter said.
Though three of Gausman's innings had to be ended before he got three outs because of pitch count, he worked into the sixth inning in the Triple-A game. The Rays hitters seemed to find ways to have hits fall in everywhere on the field.
Gausman worked around two singles for a scoreless first inning, and survived a two-out double in the second inning before Kean Wong hit a solo home run to lead off the third. Gausman fanned the next two batters before a walk and single caused the inning to be rolled over. The fourth inning was rolled over after four batters, and Gausman got two outs in the fifth inning before it was rolled over after a two-out single.
The final batter he faced was the first of the sixth inning, and he retired him on one pitch.
According to the team, Gausman went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk, with an unofficial count of three strikeouts. He threw 93 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Bundy had a much easier go in the Double-A game, at least after a leadoff home run by the game's first batter. After that, Bundy struck out two and began a run during which he allowed only two base runners until the fifth inning.
The fifth, his final frame, came unraveled when left fielder Josh Hart lost two catchable balls in the sun and Bundy otherwise allowed three singles.
According to the team, Bundy allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and 69 pitches total.
Castillo had a home run and a double off the base of the center-field wall to account for his only production of the day. Mychal Givens, in his first outing back from the World Baseball Classic, faced three batters and retired them all, with one strikeout.
Smith to return Saturday: Showalter said outfielder Seth Smith will play his first game since March 8 on Saturday as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. Smith and the team have been extra cautious with the hamstring problem, which seems to be a re-occurring injury every spring. He began baseball activities again last week.
Around the horn: Manny Machado and Castillo will make their returns to Grapefruit League action Saturday, though Showalter said he doesn't plan to play Adam Jones. ... Wade Miley had his bullpen session on Thursday's day off, and will likely need a second one before pitching in a game again. "First 15 [pitches] were good. He got a little winded the second group," Showalter said. "… He's going to need another start down here, and a healthy one, too." ... Showalter said to expect cuts Saturday.